Kw-logo-smaller

Zeus

Zeus' mom was also his aunt and his wife was his sister and his cousin as well!
Greek God Zeus

The whole world is gearing up to see the Olympics back in its hometown of Athens this year, but did you know the event was originally part of a huge religious festival honoring Zeus? Check out the 411 on this amazing, ancient deity.

Holy Zeus! Who is that Guy?

Zeus was the youngest son of Cronus and Rhea, who were both god-like giants. Cronus and Rhea were also brother and sister. Nasty! Despite his Jerry Springer beginnings, Zeus went on to be the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus, which made him the spiritual leader of both gods and people. Zeus also controlled thunder, lightning and rain.

Zeus Takes on His Father

When Zeus was first born, his dad got a little freaked when he realized that it was his fate to be overthrown from the Throne of Eternity by one of his children, so he ate them all - except for Zeus. Zeus' mom managed to save him, by wrapping a stone in a blanket and feeding that to him instead. Later, Zeus managed to trick his dad into puking up his sibs, and they all joined forces and overthrew their dad together. Afterwards, they divided the universe among themselves. Now that's teamwork!

Zeus - The Ladies' Man

When he was done conquering the universe, Zeus fathered a lot of babies - in a lot of seriously messed up ways. His first child, Athena, popped out of his head fully grown! He also found changing into animals very helpful in seducing the ladies. Once he changed into a swan and another time he changed into a bull. Zeus was not above abducting women, if they didn't willingly give in to his charms. Zeus also joined in on his father's tradition of "keeping it all in the family." He married and had children with his sister Hera. Super gross.

Zeus - Did U Know?

  • In Roman mythology, Zeus is called Jupiter.
  • Zeus' official bird is the Eagle.
  • Zeus and Hera's honeymoon is said to have lasted 300 years. That's some vacation!
Related Stories:

 

>
>

readers voted!

Comments

there are 0 comments

Please login or register to add comments

share with your friends


Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

F1090949998562

What Weather Would You Control?

  • Lighting, like Zeus.
  • I'd use wind power to blow bad guys away.
  • I'd want to control the sun - It would always be summer!
  • Rain, so I could shower on the way to school.

related stories

The story of Troy is more than a Brad Pitt movie; it's a Greek myth that dates back hundreds of y...
Micro_greek-mythology-micro
In Greek mythology, harpies were hungry, dirty creatures who stole food, objects and even people....
In Greek mythology there's a beautiful winged horse that ran free and wild. When tamed, he helped...
Medusa was a beautiful lady with hair to die for. She was caught messing around with a guy, in th...

Random in the forums

grinch97
grinch97 posted in Say Anything:
anyone single or madly in love
reply 3 minutes
OklahomaRules
OklahomaRules posted in General:
GREEN! lol, sorry it's my favorite color.  ;)
reply 23 minutes
egyptiscool
egyptiscool posted in General:
"shae508" wrote:Are you secretly just a human playing us all?no i'm not but a human is helping me
reply 23 minutes
egyptiscool
egyptiscool posted in General:
"Taidoku" wrote:do you speak in another language besides english (also aside from stomach language)?i only know english because all the people around me speak english 
reply 24 minutes
brunostar
brunostar posted in General:
i'm getting a 5th generation iPod soon, which color would you pick? blue, silver, space grey, pink or yellow i'm trying to decide between blue, silver and space grey.
reply 38 minutes

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

157262_(2)

When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...